Croissant Stuffing with Walnuts and Cranberries

Thanksgiving countdowns are still going strong in the Garlic Head house. Today we are rolling full steam ahead with a stuffing recipe guaranteed to knock the socks off of even the pickiest great aunt at the table.

I’ve mentioned that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but now it’s important to elaborate that stuffing is in fact my favorite part of the meal (yes, because you all care about this😂).

Truthfully, I know that when this dish is not actually prepared inside of a turkey it should be christened “dressing,” but I prefer the more conventional nomenclature. It feels more festive!

With juicy cranberries, hearty walnuts, and flavorful veggies and herbs, this stuffing is about as festive as it gets. The one slight adjustment: instead of bread, we’re using day-old croissants!

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Croissants can be made vegan or gluten-free, if your diet necessitates this. They lend a slightly airy quality that most stuffing recipes lack, while still “sticking to your ribs” when paired with so many seasonal ingredients. Flaky and buttery, they are the perfect vehicle for sopping up the herb-infused veggie broth.

Dare I say, this stuffing could become a main mean in itself.

Drying out the croissants further in the oven allows them to maintain some structure while baked with all other ingredients. This process is rather quick! It’s best served warm of course, and feel free to substitute other ingredients that fit your preferences.

Pecans could work in place of the walnuts, and dried cranberries could be substituted for fresh. I garnished this with parsley but sage works just as well!

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^^Can you spot the selfie in this picture?

If you make this for Thanksgiving (or any day, really) please be sure to tag @garlic_head or leave a comment telling me what you thought!

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Croissant Stuffing with Walnuts and Cranberries
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Traditional stuffing gets turned on it's head with this croissant-infused treat! Flaky pastry cloaked in hearty walnuts, juicy cranberries, and aromatic herbs. It's sure to be the star of any holiday table!
Ingredients
  • 6 large day-old croissants, torn into chunks
  • 3 TBS olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 - 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 15 oz. sliced white mushrooms
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup vegan butter, or butter of choice
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups Lacinato kale, torn and washed
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 TBS milled flax seeds + 6 TBS water, set aside ("flax eggs")
  • 1 cup vegan cheese for sprinkling, optional
  • Parsley for garnishing, optional
Method
  1. Preheat you oven to 350 degrees and place torn croissants into an oiled 9 x 13 baking dish. Let toast in the oven for 5 - 8 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove from oven and heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium. Add onion and celery and sauté for 7 minutes until slightly translucent. Add mushrooms and let sit for a few minutes without stirring (they will release a lot of liquid). Add a few pinches of salt and pepper and stir.
  2. Now add butter, garlic, kale, cranberries, walnuts, sage, and Italian seasoning. Mix thoroughly. Add vegetable broth and flax egg.
  3. Arrange your croissants in a flat layer in the baking dish. Carefully ladle/pour the mushroom mixture on top of the croissants, trying to saturate each piece and leave a few poking out (see photos for reference). Add a sprinkle of dairy-free cheese, if desired.
  4. Cover entire dish with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes so that croissants brown. Garnish with parsley and more cranberries. Serve hot.

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